As I have gotten older, like most people, I have gained a few pounds. Looking to become healthier, I eagerly read Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley. While reading this book, I learned a lot and since then have changed my diet, exercise regularly and have lost 18 pounds (and counting!).
One of the big changes I have made is what I eat. Keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet, which puts your body in ketosis. The keto diet should consist of 60-80% fat, 10-30% protein and 5-10% carbs. Ketosis is a metabolic process where your body burns fat and makes ketones, which it uses for fuel. This involves eliminating foods like bread, sugar, milk, rice, corn, pasta and potatoes from your diet.
Now you may be thinking, I’m not sure if I can do this. After all, I love bread and carbs. Baked goods are my jam. And I’ve never been one to diet. That was me.
Why eat keto?
Eating a low-carb diet is good for your body in many ways:
- Reduces risk of certain cancers
- Improves heart health
- Protects brain function
- Reduces appetite
- Reduces abdominal fat
- Blood triglycerides typically drastically drop
- Increases levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol
- May lower blood pressure
- Includes many healthy and tasty foods
- Helpful for those with diabetes and can reduce insulin dosage
Surprisingly, eating keto is easy. There are keto-friendly foods everywhere. Eating Keto is becoming so common that you can find keto-friendly tortillas, ice cream bars, energy bars, and even pizza at the grocery. Look at the net carbs per serving on food at the grocery. Net carbs are total carbs less grams from dietary fiber. Each day try not to exceed 50 net carbs.
When eating out, stick with steak or other meats and seafood, vegetables, and salad. Most places will have something keto-friendly on the menu. There are also some great keto markets and restaurants popping up everywhere!
Eating keto involves eliminating processed foods with ingredients you cannot pronounce. Focus on eating whole foods as they exist in nature. Think broccoli and cauliflower, not Goldfish crackers.
There are lots of great, easy keto recipes online. My favorite websites for easy recipes are:
Making these changes has not been difficult. For me, these are permanent lifestyle changes. I feel great and I’m never going back!
Feel free to reach out to us in regards to anything in this blog! We'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions below!